No Iowan who works full-time should have to live in poverty. But they can’t survive on a minimum wage of $7.25 that hasn’t budged since 2008.

I’ve met too many people who are working two and three jobs and still struggling to pay their bills. A half million underpaid workers need a raise— and they need it fast.

On my first day in office, I’ll push for a law to raise Iowa’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The increase will kick in over three years and continue to rise with inflation after that.

Governor Kim Reynolds and I couldn’t be more different on this issue. She opposes even a modest increase in the minimum wage. And Reynolds supported rolling back local raises in Iowa’s largest counties—actually taking money out of low-wage workers’ paychecks.

Raising the minimum wage would be a big jumpstart for struggling local economies. Studies show that minimum wage workers who get a raise turn around and spend that money in the communities where they live. This boosts profits of local businesses and increases sales tax revenues for state and local governments. But that’s not all. If employers paid Iowans a $15 wage, tens of thousands of our citizens would no longer be dependent on public assistance.

I believe the number one job of the Governor is to raise the standard of living for Iowans. Underpaid workers can’t wait five or ten years for this to happen. That’s why our movement is making higher wages for Iowa’s underpaid workers our first priority.